Honda S2000 Successor Could Happen If Enough Of You Ask For It, Says Boss

Reports surrounding a successor of the iconic Honda S2000 have been around for, well, ever since it ceased production in 2009, and it appears that the Japanese manufacturer isn’t completely opposing the idea.

Speaking to Autocar on the sidelines of the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show, the brand’s chief, Takahiro Hachigo, said that their engineers are ready to develop a new Honda S2000, but only if there’s enough demand from the public.

“I’ve already heard many voices expressing they’d like a next generation S2000. Honda development engineers are quick to develop sporty cars, if the requests are there”, Hachigo said. “All over the world – in Japan, North America, Europe, Chine – more and more voices are expressing the desire to reinvent S2000. However, it has not matured yet. It’s not time yet. We need time to decide if S2000 is reinvented or not. If the sales people investigate, look at it, and they’re really enthusiastic, maybe we look at it.”

If Honda decides to revive the S2000, then it will follow a series of reborn performance cars launched over these past few years, with the list including the Japan-only S660, Civic Type R, and NSX.

Previous voices suggested that a possible successor of the Honda S2000 could challenge the likes of the Mazda MX-5. Powering it might be the brand’s 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, but the new Civic Type R’s 2.0L turbo could also be used on a more hardcore version of the roadster, or even a 2.0-liter twin-charged unit, rated at more than 320hp.

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  • Honda NSX-R

    If you give them a deposit they will build it.

    • Matt

      I don’t think major car companies like Honda work like that.

      • Honda NSX-R

        Well I can only wish they did.

  • Six_Tymes

    Of curse most WANT a new one. But, how do you succeed perfection? The CR was the pinochle.

    • Honda NSX-R

      Yeah, Honda realized that suceeding perfection is difficult. They don’t want to give enthusiasts another S car so they’re just making excuses.

      • SteersUright

        I think automakers make sports car when economies are booming and seem like they will forever, sort of like a gift for themselves, their engineers, and their brand loyalists. Right now, the auto marketplace is slowing after a heck of a run and nobody knows where its headed, with sports car and sedan sales slowing the most. Much as I’d love to see a new RX7 and “mini NSX”, it almost makes sense that they’ve all chosen to hold off, sit back and watch the global market a bit before committing funds. Its just plain sad though. Thank goodness muscle cars are filling in the gap and slowly becoming true sports cars as of late (still too damn big and heavy for my tastes, but its pretty darn impressive what a Camaro can do in corners nowadays).

        • Honda NSX-R

          I like how you pointed out that these sports cars are somewhat rewards to the company’s engineers.

    • LWOAP

      By taking what made it great and making it even better, They could go after the 718 Boxster GTS. Could you imagine if Honda beat Porsche?

      How crazy would that be?

      • SteersUright

        Amazing, is what it would be!! Honda could build a superior Boxster GTS and without the Porsche 25% profit margin (they’re about 15-18% factory, 7-10% dealer last I asked a Porsche pal) so Id imagine for around $45k. And considering the upcoming Supra looks sadder by the day and has BMW as a partner (why??? There goes all reliability), the RX7 is no more, the GTR is for rich people, there is no true mid-priced Japanese sports car on the market anymore and thats just sad.

        • LWOAP

          Exactly. The gives Honda an opening as well as Toyota. If they choose to jump at the chance remains to be seen.

        • ace_9

          There is GT86, 370 Z, MX-5 and next year’s Swift Sport should be cheap, but very interesting option too. Yes, they are mostly not that fast, but they are not designed for shaving of seconds on Nurburgring.

      • Krisnadi Imam

        it still baffles me why cant they just use exact same chassis and just drop a TypeR crate engine in it and call it the day. even left the interior as is if they are that lazy. But this car sorely needs adjustable steering wheel reach and rake.

    • SteersUright

      The S2000 CR was incredible, no doubt. But the pinnacle? It was incredible for its time, but slow & cramped by todays standards. In fact, it didn’t even sell well in its later years because it was such a compromising package for day to day. I’d say with just a few tweaks, S2k version 2 could definitely be a giant-slayer and very much improved! Look, they have a great engine already developed in the Civic Type R, all the need is to flip around one of those Civics and have it drive the other way and boom! RWD Honda is born (rear steering too, but hey, why not try something new? lol).

      • Obsequious Lickspittle

        Yes, today’s market calls for it to be kinda “blocky” sit 3 feet off the ground and have 4 wheel drive.
        That’s what the consumer wants!

        • SteersUright

          So true.

    • Obsequious Lickspittle

      It was surely no trick? 😉

  • renesis 16x

    “It’s not time yet”

    I’ve heard that one before. Stop blue balling us. And, judging by some of the comments in this site, some people just want more boring-ass crossovers, so i guess it will never “be time”…

  • KSegg

    So a new S2K successor will end up with a 3 cylinder engine with a huge battery in the trunk, autonomous features mated to an 8 speed automatic,a dashboard with enough digital information to make your head spin, and a vacuum cleaner in the trunk borrowed from the Odyssey minivan because apparently that’s what hip people want in a “purpose built roadster” now.

    People bitch and moan that they want a no frills sports car, but when manufacturers give them just that, they complain it “doesn’t have enough power or features”, so when they respond and pack it with tech and give it tons of power, they complain it’s not “pure” enough.

    No one wins.

    • Honda NSX-R

      True

    • renesis 16x

      Indeed. Just go to any Mazda article and see how many tards are bitching about “How the Miata needs more POWAH!!!” in the comments.

    • Skydis

      This is why the sports cars are dying. I’m all about the fun ones which is why I got myself a BRZ and would always consider a Miata or a new S2K

      • Mill0048

        Same. Though I do have a Miata too. lol

        • Skydis

          Not all heroes wear capes :’)

  • K4GPB

    BRZ/FT86 lack a convertible. Miata needs competition. Put that same 1.5L turbo that is in my 2017 CR-V in the revised S2000, with all the CR-V’s well-done infotainment stuff and you will have a winner!

    • Obsequious Lickspittle

      You cut the roof from a GT86 and it either becomes too heavy (and slower) or a blancmange.

  • M Mark Stippich

    Isn’t that the baby NSX they have already patented?

  • We ask for it , Now !!

  • Kenneth

    I don’t believe there’s much demand, anymore, for a new, 2-seat, pure sports car beyond what’s offered by the Miata, plus the few BRZ/86s sold.

    • Obsequious Lickspittle

      People are in love with their 4/2 wheel drive pet “bricks”.

  • Blade t

    If they haven’t even decided this yet ,then this would be years away….it’s already been 8 years….I don’t see this happening anytime soon ….

  • LWOAP

    Okay. Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaassssseeeeeeeeeeeeeeee make a Honda S2000 successor.

  • SteersUright

    I dont get it, what were all those “mini NSX” patent drawings that kept surfacing then? Look Honda, people are DYING for a reliable and affordable proper sports car, one that maybe only Honda could produce. We’ve currently seen what Honda can do when turning a FWD economy car into an incredible track beast (Civic Type R), a $40k-$50 proper, dedicated RWD FE or ME sports car from Honda would be in a class of its own. Look, we ALL want your NSX but Jesus, how many of do you think have $200k lying around for a car/toy?!

    • LWOAP

      That car turned out to be nothing more than a GT Vision Concept.

      • SteersUright

        🙁 i was heartbroken when I read that. You can’t tell me you weren’t excited too when those patent drawings first emerged? A mid engined affordable mini-NSX!? Would’ve been a dream ride for so many.

  • 911

    As much as I would like to see a S2000 successor, I don’t think Honda is still capable of engineering such a masterpiece and maybe it’s better if we don’t get disappointed with their result.

  • Trackhacker

    No point in asking since it won’t ever happen. Sales for sports car are falling everywhere and 2 seaters are even worse off.

  • Big Black Duck

    the styling is timeless.so why not just continue to make it the way it looks? Just update the interior and upgrade the tech..

  • The world falls silent and looks to the hairdressers…

    No thanks.

  • Socarboy

    I wouldn’t hold my breath there just isn’t enough of a business model to make this feasible

  • mas921

    any body got Hachigo-san email?

  • KidRed

    Why, Honda would just ruin it with some ugly rice creation thing.

  • cargeniuass

    They still need to let the Type R cycle run its course before they even start thinking of a new s2k successor. Maybe its just me, but I feel like the Type R missed its mark. Its a nice collectible conversation piece, but a raw honda race car for the street, it is not….
    I think Honda can knock it out of the park with an s2k successor, so long as they use a decent engine like the type R engine, but, if they really wanna nail it, it has to have the same high revving ability as the last s2k and keep pricing in range with the price point it fell under when it was new which I believe was around the same as a Mustang back in the day.

  • Krisnadi Imam

    That S2000 in the picture is very fine looking! i love it.